Effects of carbon nanofibers on polystyrene nanocomposites and foams

Jiong Shen*, L. James Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

With extraordinary mechanical properties, carbon nanofibers (CNF) are expected to serve as reinforcements for both lightweight and ultrastrong composite materials. In this study, we used CNF as the reinforcing nanoelements to synthesize polystyrene/CNF nanocomposites by the in-situ polymerization process. The obtained composites were further foamed using supercritical CO 2 as the foaming agent. A homogeneous dispersion of CNF was observed and the final PS/CNF nanocomposite foam showed microcellular foam morphology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages1836-1840
Number of pages5
StatePublished - May 2004
EventANTEC 2004 - Annual Technical Conference Proceedings - Chicago, IL., United States
Duration: 16 May 200420 May 2004

Conference

ConferenceANTEC 2004 - Annual Technical Conference Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL.
Period16/05/0420/05/04

Keywords

  • Carbon Nanofiber
  • Dispersion
  • Microcellular Foam
  • Polystyrene Nanocomposites

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